Passport Advantage

How it works.

IBM offers two license acquisition and Software Subscription and Support offerings— Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Passport Advantage, described below, is designed for larger enterprises. Passport Advantage Express is designed to meet the needs of medium-sized businesses. For more information, please visit About Passport Advantage Express.

Passport Advantage is IBM's comprehensive program for software license acquisition, Software Subscription and Support, IBM Appliances and IBM SaaS subscriptions. It is designed for larger enterprises that may have multiple sites. Passport Advantage gives you more opportunities to obtain better pricing. Passport Advantage offers better pricing for your volume purchases over time and is based on your Relationship Suggested Volume Price (RSVP) level.


Passport Advantage benefits

Passport Advantage benefits include:

IBM Software Subscription and Support

Passport Advantage includes an IBM Software Subscription and Support feature that complements your IBM software license acquisitions. It includes both product upgrades and technical support, and fosters successful software deployments. With product upgrades, you get complete upgrade and cross-platform migration coverage for most commercially available IBM distributed software. You can upgrade to new releases and new versions as the needs of your business dictate. Technical Support helps keep your users up and running wherever they're working in the world. This is our way of making sure you're covered with the technical support you need. This is your way of getting an increased return on your IBM Software investment.

For more information, see IBM Software Subscription and Support.


CEO Product Categories

CEO Product Categories are collections of closely associated products, which together, create an enterprise infrastructure solution.These CEO Product Categories are offered on a per user basis and are subject to specific acquisition rules including a minimum initial user quantity requirement (minimum varies by CEO Product Category). CEO Product Category customers must acquire their first (primary) CEO Product Category on an enterprise-wide basis and subject to that category's minimum initial user quantity, and may then acquire additional (secondary) Product Categories for the same number or less users than the primary category, but subject to each secondary category's minimum initial user quantity. Pricing includes the usage of all products in the category, with Software Subscription and Support included. Software Subscription and Support ensures that customers always have the most up-to-date eligible versions of IBM distributed software— Lotus, WebSphere, Tivoli, Information Management, and Rational Software, and have software technical support to ensure their success in using the software. Available through IBM Business Partners and IBM Direct Sales.

For more information, see CEO product categories.


Enrolling in Passport Advantage

To learn more about enrolling in Passport Advantage, see How to Enroll.